They earn more, are more educated, and are more likely to work in tech or similar industries.
A good rule of thumb for accessing remote work: If you make more money, you’re more likely to be a stay-at-home mom. A GAO analysis of American Time Use Survey data found that in 2021, nearly 60% of workers among the top 25% of earners did some work from home. In comparison, about 15% of workers in the bottom earning class did some work from home.
The August 2023 iteration of the Working Arrangements and Attitudes survey found that nearly 13% of 30 to 39 year olds and 50 to 64 year olds work remotely full time, the two age groups with the highest percentage of full time. Remote worker on time. However, 66% of 50- to 64-year-olds worked entirely on-site, the highest percentage among age groups, followed by nearly 60% of 20- to 29-year-olds.
According to the GAO, women are more likely than men to work primarily from home. About 28% of Asian Americans worked primarily from home, the highest percentage among Americans of various races, compared to 19% of white Americans and 15% of black Americans.
And Americans who work from home are more likely to have college degrees. Research by Washington State University economist Benjamin Cowan found that college graduates spend more time working from home than non-college graduates. In the “post-pandemic era” of August 2021 to December 2022, the time college graduates spent working at home increased by 78 minutes compared to 2015 to 2019 levels, according to Cowan’s analysis of census data.
“Most of the jobs that are easiest to transfer to work at home are held by highly educated college-graduates,” Cowan told Insider. According to Cowan, not only are college graduates more likely to work from home, but “it is one of the most important predictors of not only who worked from home, full stop, but also who started doing more household chores.” Is.”
In fact, remote workers are more likely to be found in white-collar, knowledge-based positions such as the information sector, which includes technology, digital-publishing and data-processing jobs.